Omicron variant updates

India on Sunday reported 27,553 fresh Covid-19 cases and 284 deaths. Active caseload stands at 1,22,801 while Omicron tally is at 1,525.

Odisha logs 424 new Covid-19 cases; single-day tally highest in 2 months

Delhi has reported around 3,100 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday

As per the latest genome sequencing report, adding to worry, nearly one-third of the samples have been detected with Omicron in Mumbai. The sudden surge in the cases is indicating a possible community transmission and an emerging third wave of infections. Till December 28, Maharashtra reported 21.33% of India’s total count—the second-highest after Kerala (25.66%).

A 26-year-old woman, who returned to Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara district from the Netherlands, has been found infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19. This is the first Omicron case outside Indore in MP. Earlier, nine cases of the new variant were found in Indore.

In the past 24 hours, India recorded 27,553 Covid-19 cases.

Omicron mainly causes mild symptoms which can be treated at home. Dr Hemlata Arora, senior consultant, infectious diseases, Nanavati Hospital told The Indian Express that the dominant Covid variant, Omicron, has different disease characteristics as compared to Alpha or Delta variants. International studies from South Africa or the United Kingdom indicate that the virus remains in the upper airways and doesn’t penetrate lung tissue or cause clotting disorders like its earlier variants—Delta or Alpha.

Omicron is causing a lot of upper respiratory symptoms such as cold and flu but not major lung complications, Arora added. However, the symptoms are mostly common in both variants, in Delta variants the severity is more with common symptoms like headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and loss of smell. While in Omicron, most patients have fatigue along with joint pain, cold and headache.

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